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Admission Criteria – HDR Courses

The normal entry for postgraduate (research) courses , also known as Higher Degree by Research (HDR), is determined on the basis of completed accredited undergraduate and/or postgraduate study and Grade Point Average (GPA), depending on the course being considered, as well as an appropriate IELTS score for international students. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) measures the language proficiency of people who want to study or work where English is used as a language of communication. It uses a nine-band scale to clearly identify levels of proficiency, from non-user (band score 1) through to expert (band score 9).

The entry requirements for the Sydney College of Divinity postgraduate (research) courses taught in English are set out in the following table. For detailed information look up the postgraduate (research) courses.

Master of Philosophy
AQF level 9
  • Satisfactory completion of a four year Bachelor (Honours) with results at Class II, Division 1 or better from the Sydney College of Divinity or an equivalent institution,  with English Proficiency; or
  • Satisfactory completion of a Graduate Diploma with a GPA of 3+ and one 18 credit point research unit at Distinction level or better from the Sydney College of Divinity or an equivalent institution, with English Proficiency; or
  • Qualification from another university or tertiary institution deemed to be equivalent to or higher than those above, with English Proficiency;
  • In all cases, the prior studies should include sufficient preparation to undertake the proposed research in a theologically related area.
  • In exceptional cases, candidates may be admitted on the grounds of academic and professional attainments, including publications, in the branch of theological study in which they wish to pursue research;
  • Notwithstanding the provisions above, the College may require suitability for candidature to be by such examination or other work as determined by the College;
  • In addition, international students must be at least 18 years of age, must have an IELTS (or equivalent) of 7.0 or greater in all bands of the test and may only enrol in full time courses.

Sydney College of Divinity may decline to accept a candidate if it cannot offer supervision in their proposed field of research.

Doctor of Ministry
AQF level 10 
  • Satisfactory completion of a four year BTh(Hons) degree with results at Class II or better from the Sydney College of Divinity or an equivalent institution, with English Proficiency; or
  • Satisfactory completion of a Graduate Diploma with a GPA of 2.8+ and one 18 credit point research unit at High Credit level or better from the Sydney College of Divinity or an equivalent institution, with English Proficiency; or
  • Qualification from another university or tertiary institution deemed to be equivalent to or higher than those above, with English Proficiency; and
  • Shall have at least four years full-time, or equivalent part-time, certified experience of ministry.
  • In all cases, prior studies should include sufficient preparation to undertake the proposed coursework and research related to Christian Life and Ministry.
  • In exceptional cases, candidates may be admitted on the grounds of academic and professional attainments, including publications, in the branch of theological study in which they wish to pursue research;
  • Notwithstanding the provisions above, the College may require suitability for candidature to be by such examination or other work as determined by the College;
  • In addition, international students must be at least 18 years of age, must have an IELTS (or equivalent) of 7.0 or greater in all bands of the test and may only enrol in full time courses and cannot complete such courses by more than 33.3% distance or online learning.

Sydney College of Divinity may decline to accept a candidate if it cannot offer supervision in his or her proposed field of research.

Doctor of Philosophy
AQF level 10 

 

  • Satisfactory completion of a four year BTh(Hons) degree with results at Class II, Division I or better, from the Sydney College of Divinity or an equivalent institution, with English Proficiency; or
  • Satisfactory completion of a Graduate Diploma with a GPA of 3+ and one 18 credit point  research unit at Distinction level or better from the Sydney College of Divinity or an equivalent institution, with English Proficiency; or
  • Qualification from another university or tertiary institution deemed to be equivalent to or higher than those above, with English Proficiency;
  • In all cases, prior studies should include sufficient preparation to undertake the proposed research in a theologically related area.
  • In exceptional cases, candidates may be admitted on the grounds of academic and professional attainments, including publications, in the branch of theological study in which they wish to pursue research;
  • Notwithstanding the provisions above, the College may require suitability for candidature to be by such examination or other work as determined by the College;
  • In addition, international students must be at least 18 years of age, must have an IELTS (or equivalent) of 7.0 or greater in all bands of the test and may only enrol in full time courses.

Sydney College of Divinity may decline to accept a candidate if it cannot offer supervision in his or her proposed field of research.

Doctor of Theology
AQF level 10 
  • Satisfactory completion of a four year BTh(Hons) degree with results at Class II, Division I or better, from the Sydney College of Divinity or an equivalent institution, with English Proficiency; or
  • Satisfactory completion of a Graduate Diploma with a GPA of 3+ and one 18 credit point research unit at Distinction level or better from the Sydney College of Divinity or an equivalent institution, with English Proficiency; or
  • Qualification from another university or tertiary institution deemed to be equivalent to or higher than those above, with English Proficiency;
  • In all cases, prior studies should include sufficient preparation to undertake the proposed research in a theologically related area.
  • In exceptional cases, candidates may be admitted on the grounds of academic and professional attainments, including publications, in the branch of theology in which they wish to pursue doctoral work.
  • Notwithstanding the provisions above, the Sydney College of Divinity may require suitability for candidature to be by such examination or other work as determined by the Sydney College of Divinity;
  • In addition, international students must be at least 18 years of age, must have an IELTS (or equivalent) of 7.0 or greater in all bands of the test and may only enrol in full time courses.

Sydney College of Divinity may decline to accept a candidate if it cannot offer supervision in his or her proposed field of research.

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